While looking at the line wrapping round the block, the people anxious and curious to step foot into Club Vinyl, we’d say Denver was definitely feeling Shiba San’s presence this Saturday.
Stepping onto the stage with his natural mystique and nonchalance, the bass master stayed deeply rooted in his expertise, and immediately set the pace for everyone in the jam-packed venue. In the booth, he kept his stance planted, focused purely on delivering his fat bass lines and G-house beats. His demeanor while performing could stand as proof for his dedication and knowledge of electronic music. While staying cool, calm and collected in his delivery, he was able to command a strong and particular vibe while the whole club simply lost it. It was tribal, it was trance, it was bass.
Here in Denver, he played a slightly cleaner performance than we’ve seen before. He laid his characteristic baseline down and turned the crowd on by dropping tracks like: ‘Guess What’, ‘Show Me, Show Me’, ‘I like Your Booty’, ‘Burn Like Fire’ and ‘Boom Shak’.
In a sense, Shiba San has made art out this style: combining his full-bodied deep house sounds, he would flip the sound on his baseline: intensifying his builds, adding a light bounce, and playing with dub and disco elements. But his true artistry was practiced in the way he brought it all back to the same tribal base beat that had the whole place jumpin’.
Shiba San took a minimal approach to the inclusion of vocals in his tracks, giving the audience just enough guidance to further down into his bass house rabbit hole.
Shiba San is not an act that one can simply step into half way through-- he uses his music as a constant vibe with build ups having the power to put a huge group in a common state of mind. This special dance night in Denver culminated and ended with his track “OKAY”.
Shiba San has been doing big things in the electronic music scene for almost 20 years with his puritan, and almost sexy approach to bass music. The strongest message/influence in his work however, is the resuscitation of true house. He is bringing back an aspect of house that many have lost sight of, reminding us of the power that lies in the roots of house music.
Written by Aisha Demorsella